Deer hunt tops goal, ends 18 days early


The killing of 14 more deer yesterday in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area marked the end of this year's controlled hunt in Howard County -- 18 days earlier than expected.

Philip C. Norman, natural resources specialist with the Recreation and Parks Department, said 134 deer were killed during 10 days of hunting. Officials had set a goal of 125 deer -- which Norman called "very conservative" -- and scheduled 28 days. The first day of the controlled hunt was Oct. 18.

"Having taken so many deer so quickly, we are sure that there are still ample deer in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area," he said.

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